Oct. 24, 1922 – July 11, 2018
Arthur A. Lorenzo, of Amherst, a matrimonial lawyer and a former chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, died July 11 after a period of declining health. He was 95.
Born in Buffalo, the 10th of 12 children, he grew up in the Genesee-Bailey neighborhood and attended Kensington High School.
He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II, taking part in the campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines.
Returning from service, he completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Buffalo under the G.I. Bill and earned his juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1951.
Mr. Lorenzo began practicing with his brother Harry as a trial attorney and eventually specialized in litigated divorces and other areas of domestic relations. He retired from trial practice nearly 20 years ago, but continued practicing in an advisory capacity and on a consulting basis until recently.
Gov. Hugh Carey appointed him in 1982 to a three-year term on the Board of Commissioners of the New York State Lobbying Commission. In 1987, Gov. Mario Cuomo named him to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, where he served for nine years, including a term as chairman.
He also served as counsel in the State Senate for State Sen. Joseph Tauriello for eight years.
He was a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also was a member of the Erie County Trial Lawyers Association and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
A fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he was one of the founding members of its New York chapter.
A Buffalo Bills season ticket holder, he also was a dedicated New York Yankees fan.
He and his wife, the former Eleanor “Ellie” Maza, were married in 1992.
Survivors also include two step-grandchildren.
Services were private.